Monday, July 29, 2013

Ex-bank MD shot dead - New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: HUSSAIN Ahmad Najadi, the first managing director and chief executive officer of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank, was shot dead in on open- space parking lot in Lorong Ceylon here yesterday, several hundred metres  from the bank's headquarters in Jalan Raja Chulan.

Police could be looking at a contentious business dealing as a possible motive.

A family member told the New Straits Times that the victim was involved in a long-standing issue involving a piece of land.

The 75-year-old Bahraini, who holds an Iranian passport, and his wife, Cheong Mei Kuen, 49, were walking out of the Ceylon Kuan Yin Chinese temple when a man, said to be wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt and a helmet, walked up to him from behind and fired multiple shots at Hussain from close range.

It is learnt four bullets pierced his left rib cage. He was also shot in the chest and stomach. Hussain died on the spot in the 2pm incident. His wife, who was shot in the left wrist and right thigh, was sent to Tung Shin Hospital in Jalan Pudu.

Kuala Lumpur deputy Criminal Investigations Department chief Assistant Commissioner Khairi Ahrasa said police believed three suspects aged between 35 and 40 were involved.

The suspects, he said, had arrived at the scene in a red and white taxi with a false plate number and waited for the couple to leave the temple.

"The deceased and his wife arrived at the temple at 12.30pm to meet a man and discuss business matters. After the meeting, the couple sat a little longer at the temple before heading for the parking lot.

"One of the suspects was believed to have shot them then," said Khairi, adding that the shooter and his two accomplices escaped in the taxi.

Police, he said, had not established the motive behind Hussain's assassination but believed that it could be business-related.

Cheong's family member, who spoke to the NST, said Cheong, who also sat in the temple committee, told him she had collapsed after the shooter shot her in the thigh.

The shooter then trained his gun on Hussain's chest and fired a shot.

"She said she tried to shield her husband from the ensuing shots but was then shot in her hand. The shooter then continued shooting her husband," he said at the hospital yesterday.

Met again as he was settling the hospital bill before Cheong was transferred to Prince Court Medical Centre, the family member, who was with a friend of Hussain's, said Cheong had told the police that she could identify the shooter.

The relative said the couple was involved in a land-acquisition matter.

He said Hussain's son, who is in his 30s and in Moscow, Russia, had been informed of his father's assassination. "He has said that he would not be coming back as he feared for his safety."

An eyewitness, who declined to be named, said he noticed the stationary taxi with its engine running next to the temple "as though it was waiting for someone".

"I was at the side of the temple when the couple caught my eye as they were walking towards the parking space.

"I was looking their way when I saw a man approaching the couple. He then started shooting. I heard at least five or six shots," the petty trader in his 50s said, adding that he had run off when the shots were fired.

The eyewitness said the gunman was wearing sunglasses.

Another eyewitness, K. Aveswaraan, 26, who works as a security guard at Wisma MBL, said he was having lunch in a stall near the crime scene when he noticed the couple walking out of the temple.

"There were about five people at the food court and no fewer than 20 people in the area. I heard shots and saw a man walking away from the scene and into a taxi."

Police were studying a closed-circuit television recording retrieved from the carpark.

Khairi said the case was being investigated for murder and attempted murder.

Amcorp Group executive chairman Berhad Tan Sri Azman Hashim said he was saddened by Hussain's death. He extended his condolences to Hussain's wife and family.

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Amir Ali Mydin said the deceased was his boss when he first worked with the bank in 1982.

"I was 26, and Hussain was my first boss, and he was a nice man who always shared stories on international finance with us."

Then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad receiving a contribution from Hussain Ahmad Najadi on Oct 26, 1983, in Kuala Lumpur. The contribution of RM2 million in the form of shares from Arab Asian Bank, Bahrain was for International Islamic University. With them is Arab-Malaysian Development Bank chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim.
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